The Salvation Deception –

            There is an illustration the Holy Spirit is about to give us through Paul that is given for those who are approaching the end of the age. The Laodicean church needs to hear this text, because one of the works of the enemy is to deceive us concerning salvation.

     Now back to verse 1 of 1 Corinthians 10 –

 

   For I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea…

 

            We’re talking about the story of the children of Israel being saved from Egypt.

 

            Verse 2  …and all were baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea. 

 

            Here we’re talking about a people who were water baptized in the sea and Spirit baptized in the cloud. Not my words but the words of the Holy Spirit in this text. They were baptized in both the cloud and in the sea.

 

            …and all ate the same spiritual food…       

 

            They received manna from heaven; manna from God every day. And in it, was a lesson every day. Here are a people who were water baptized, Spirit baptized, daily eating manna, which was a type of the word,

 

   and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock…

 

            Now this is the Holy Spirit speaking. It’s not John Brown making up the text. It’s gotta mean something, doesn’t it? If it is written in this form for us upon whom the end of the age comes. Verse 4 says,

 

   and all drank the same spiritual drink and they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ.  

 

The rock was Christ. Spiritual drink, spiritual food, water baptized, Spirit baptized.

 

Nevertheless, with most of them God was not well-pleased, for they were laid low in the wilderness (verse 5).

 

And as we read on elsewhere in Hebrews 3 & 4, they were “Never to enter into the promise.” These people were water baptized, Spirit baptized, daily eating spiritual bread, daily drinking spiritual water from Christ Himself and yet most, most were laid low in the wilderness, never to enter into the promise. 

            Point: There is a difference between being saved from and being saved to. And that’s consistent throughout the New Testament, as we shall see. That’s why this text ends in verse 12 with …take heed that he does not fall.

            Not my words. I suggest to you that as the Spirit has encouraged me to advise you that whenever we come across something that challenges us, don’t throw it away, particularly if it’s simply the reading of the word. And, don’t assume it means nothing because it does not stack up with our understanding at the moment. It means something and whatever it means, it’s true.

 

            I’m suggesting that the third deception that the enemy must work in the Laodicean church, the church at the end of the age, the church of the last generation is to convince them of a salvation that falls short of an entering into the promise. What is God’s answer to the deception? I’m going to make a connection here that I’ll make many times in the pages that follow but it’s important. I’m talking to you about the church at the end of the age. I’m suggesting that we look a whole lot like her in the West. It may not be her, but we certainly look a whole lot like her. And, I’m suggesting that the deceptions that will deceive the Laodicean church, it seems to me, will be very strong on the church in America. You test it. You don’t have a need for John Brown to teach you. You have the Holy Spirit.                                                                                                                                               

            God’s answer is in John 14:6. “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” I am the way. I am the truth. I’m the truth both about God. I’m the truth about man.

            Jesus could say, look at me and you’ll learn the truth about man. And when you understand what the gospel is you’ll understand why he’s the truth about man. And you’ll understand why his way was the way of making disciples. Follow me and I will make you. I will make you.

            All He was asking, all he ever asked of His 12 was just simply to be with Him. Just be with Me and I’ll make you. Just be with Me. The responsibility is on Me to make you. Just be with Me. I often thought He was weeping in the garden because He knew of the betrayal of all 12; the denial that they could never deny. He had just one little 3-day work to complete on their behalf and then they would be with Him forever. Our hope rests in what He can do not in what we can do so we can rest in His promise: “Just be with Me. Follow Me and I’ll make you.”

            That’s radical. That’s what a disciple is. Isn’t it enough? “…………… Just be with Me. I’ll make you.” A radical discipleship. “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but through Me.”

            And I’m wanting to make this connection here: The cause of deception that leads the Laodicean church to fall so far from the truth.

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6 Responses to “The Salvation Deception –”

  1. timbob Says:

    With an issue such as eternal salvation, we must never take this lightly. So many scriptures that remind us to beware, lest an evil heart of unbelief enters in. One element of the church in Laodicea was a belief that they were in need of nothing. These folks were wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked; yet they thought to themselves “WE’VE ARRIVED.” WOW and WOW AGAIN! A continual examining of urselves is most needful in these times of deception and this post explains this truth perfectly. Thanks.

    Have a blessed weekend in Jesus.

    timbob

  2. JeraldD Says:

    Thanks for your comments Timbob. I’m trying to come up with what to say about all this at an extended family meeting that should bring 5 or 6 families together at my home Sunday afternoon. It’s not easy to make people hear what they’ve stopped their ears to for so many years.

    I covet your prayers.

    Blessing,
    –Jerald

  3. timbob Says:

    II Timothy 2:24-26 is a favorite passage concerning thest types of situations. Such a situation resides in my own household and my biggest wrestling is to just walk in the Spirit without “reacting” to situations. The old song “I Need The Every Hour” is soooooo true!

  4. JeraldD Says:

    Wonderful insight. Thank you for your words of wisdom. I’m not really looking forward for what might occur in the ‘family meeting’ but the time is way past when we can just let things slide. I’ll face my Lord one day and have to give an account of whether I opened my mouth at all or not.
    Even if it’s with gentleness, some will not receive it as it is given.

  5. brotherjohnny Says:

    Hope that meeting went well.
    It’s interesting that, in the I Cor. text (and other places), it is the idol worship which is mentioned first, before any of the other problems are mentioned.
    (Consider even the 10 commandments…)
    Wrong worship results in wrong living.
    When the Lord Jesus was crucified, the veil in the temple was immediately torn in two.
    Immediately.
    Before anyone ever had a chance to ‘get right’, God was saying “Christ has been made unto you “RIGHTEOUSNESS”.
    It is when Jesus Christ is glorified, when He is seen and apprehended for who He is and for ALL that He is that we may fall on our face and worship the One True God.

    “Flee from Idols”, says Paul!!
    How?
    Because they cannot compare!!!

    When we Fall in love with the One who is already in love with us, and discover what true satisfaction is, we find it much easier to flee “lovers less wild”.

  6. JeraldD Says:

    Very perceptive, Johnny.
    It says in another place, “…for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.”

    Those who go the other way, seeking after “other gods”, are condemed, regardless of what or who fits the “god” criteria.

    And as you said, “wrong worship results in wrong living”, so to worship other than God Most High results in “wrong living.”

    Blessings,
    –Jerald

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